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SAWS pushes for new water pipeline
SAN ANTONIO- As San Antonio deals with another year of a drought and Stage II water restrictions, The San Antonio Water System is closer to deciding on a major pipeline deal that would bring more water to San Antonio.
Negotiations are underway for the Vista Ridge pipeline project. Under the proposal, San Antonio could receive nearly one-sixth the amount currently in Canyon Lake.
The pipeline would start in Burleson County, east of Austin, would carry water more than 140 miles through Central Texas to the north side of San Antonio.
With pumping cutbacks on the Edwards Aquifer and the San Antonio Water System told access is being cut by 40% percent, SAWS is pushing now more than ever a major pipeline deal with the Vista Ridge consortium.
SAWS and other major supporters say we may need to pay up now but this is an investment that will save San Antonio in the future.
Greg Flores, SAWS Vice President, said, "We estimate approximately 16% by 2020 that would be required to pay for this project."
"What do you think it's going to be 10 or 20 years from now? Water is going to do nothing but go up in price," pipeline supporter Michael Beldon explained.
SAWS says it hopes to have a contract ready for the city council to consider by October. Once saws gets the go ahead it would take about 5 years to build the pipeline. So water could be flowing to San Antonio as early as 2019. SAWS plans to have more discussions with the community in the near future.